Study in English in Poland



Medical Poland is application support service to medical universities abroad in the heart of Europe: Poland. We represent Polish public medical universities offering the opportunity to study Medicine (4 & 6-year MD), Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Nursing and Veterinary through English e.g. in Bydgoszcz, Poznan, Wroclaw, Kielce and Katowice.

We provide comprehensive information on programmes in Poland, advice on choosing the programme right for you, assistance in organising university visits and support when you are living in Poland.



We have helped dozens of international students embark on their medical journey in Bydgoszcz, Pozna, Kielce and Wroclaw. We guide students through the application process and help them gain access to medical schools, prepare them for the interviews and support them in starting their medical career (both in Poland and home countries). We are unique, as our goal is to make sure that our students receive the best quality of education, support and feel comfortable in Poland.

The application process opens on 10 November. Next information event 18 November 2017, Dublin.

In the meantime, let us invite you to Poland and explore Poland.


Student's testimonial


Medicine - city: Bydgoszcz



Centre for Medicial Education in English in Nicolaus Copernicus University Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz






  • Medicine (6-year),
  • Nursing,
  • Physiotherapy


Opportunity to study in one of Europe's leading Medical Universities, Nicolaus Copernicus University Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz.

There are regular flights to Bydgoszcz which is only 2 hours away from Dublin and London!

The University has grown in popularity with international students over the last couple of years. Currently, there are more than 200 Norwegian, Irish, UK, Swedish, Danish and American students on the programme.




Veterinary - city: Wroclaw



Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences








The Faculty's history dates back to 1881. The Wroclaw Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, as an inheritor of the scientific achievements and traditions of the Lviv Academy of Veterinary Medicine, launched its activity on the 1 November 1945 as a department of the established from scratch University and Polytechnic of Wroclaw




Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Medicine (4 and 6 years) - city: Poznan



Poznan University of Medical Sciences






  • Medicine (6 and 4-year),
  • Dentistry,
  • Physiotherapy,
  • Pharmacy,


The Poznan University of Medical Sciences is one of the best and largest medical universities in Poland, with over 95 years of sound academic experience and a great growth momentum. English medical programs are offered for over 20 years.






Why should you study in the heart of Europe: Poland?


Poland was ranked 2nd in OECD’s Better Life Index in Education only. Today's universities continue the glorious traditions and offer top quality programmes. E.g. Warsaw University is leading the Top Coder international IT ranking. Polish specialists are highly appreciated by recruiters worldwide: especially Polish doctors, engineers, architects and IT specialists are acclaimed.

There are over 5000 programmes available in Poland. All of them were certified by Polish Accreditation Committee. According to its control results, over 80% of the Polish universities have outstanding and good rankings.

What else needs to be considered when contemplating studying medicine abroad?

Degree recognition

Bologna Process:

  • three-stage education modeled after Bachelor/Master/Doctor (PhD)
  • European Credit Transfer System
  • diploma awarded to them upon graduation is recognized not only Europe-wide but also in most countries of the world

Would you like more reasons to study abroad in the heart of Europe: Poland?

Realistic Entry requirements

It is very important to emphasize that Polish universities are well recognised in Europe and all over the world. The quality of the Polish education system was valued by OECD’s Better Life Index and ranked 2nd.

Requirements for medical universities vary from programme to program and from university to university. In general, entry requirements to top Polish universities are significantly lower, than those being set by Irish and UK universities. This is not a reflection of quality, but their admission policies.

In Ireland and the UK an education system is mainly based on points and additional examinations (HPAT, BMAT, UKCAT). The third-level education systems are under pressure, as more and more students chase a small number of places at Irish and UK universities.

Most of the Polish public universities do not require applicants to sit HPAT, BMAT, UKCAT. They opened their English divisions for international students and determined that interview is of key importance to find successful students and gives a chance to meet candidates personally to verificate their entry knowledge. It is also an opportunity for candidates to demonstarte their passion and determination to achivie their dream.

Medical Poland represents only public universities which have excellent reputation and their qualifications are internationally recognised.

Tradition and Modernity

Polish higher education system is 650 years old and has educated many high profile professionals. It has benefited Poland, Europe and most of the countries all over the world, where the Poles brought their profesionalism and the spirit of innovation. E.g. Maria Skłodowska-Curie is one of only four laureates of Nobel prize to receive it twice.

Polish academic traditions reach back to 14th century when the oldest Polish university (in Kraków) was established in 1364 as the second university in Central Europe. Poland is the fatherland of people who changed the world: Mikołaj Kopernik, Fryderyk Chopin. Among them Nobel Prize winners: Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Lech Wałęsa, Wisława Szymborska.

Are there anu other reasons why you could consider studying medicine abroad in Poland?

Poland has:

  • the fourth place in Europe (after the United Kingdom, Germany and France) in terms of the number of people enrolled in higher education (almost 2 million)
  • as an integral part of the European Higher Education Area most schools offer their courses in foreign languages
  • modern infrastructure (lecture halls, laboratory equipment, libraries, dormitories)

Higher education in Poland

  • over 400 universities (Poland has the largest number of higher education institutions in Europe)
  • over  1.5  million  students  (Poland has one of the highest enrollment rates in the world)
  • over 40 thousand PhD candidates
  • nearly 36  thousand  foreign  degree  students  (their number is significantly increasing every year) + 11 thousand incoming Erasmus students

Are you concerned with safety when studying abroad?

Poland has been a member of the European Union since 1st May 2004, NATO since 1997. It joined the Schengen Area in 2007.

Have you calculated the cost of studying in Europe well? Have you checked the prices in Poland?

Living and studying in Poland

Poland offers very competitive costs of living and studying - it is a fraction of what a foreign student would have to spend in other European cities. Accomodation (including bills) typically costs < 200 EUR per month, food, local transport, books, going out and even an odd flight back home come to another 200 EUR per month.

Example prices (as of March 2016):

Single bus/tram ticket

1.5 PLN

0.35 EUR


1.5 PLN

0.35 EUR


4.30 PLN


1 liter of Diesel fuel

4.80 PLN

1.11 EUR

Lunch in student’s cantine

10 - 15 PLN

2.33 - 3.48 EUR

Cinema ticket

20 - 30 PLN

4.65 - 7 EUR



2.09 EUR

Orange juice (1 litre)

3 - 5 PLN

0.69 - 1.16 EUR

Mineral water (1.5 litre)

1 - 3 PLN

0.23 - 0.69 EUR


Why study in Poland?
Poland has a long history in third level education with its oldest University being over 650 years old, and has been offering medical programmes through English for over 23 years. Since Poland’s accession to the European Union in 2004, it has invested heavily in higher education system and have been ranked 2nd in Education in the 2016 OECD’s Better Life Index.

What course are offered?
Medical Poland represent the best Polish medical schools offering courses from across the medical sector including Medicine, Physiotherapy, Veterinary, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Nursing all through English with three Polish Universities.

Which three Universities?
Nicolaus Copernicus University, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz,
Poznan University of Medical Science
and Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences
as well as Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce and
Medical University of Silesia.

What points or grades do I need in my Leaving Cert/ A Levels/ HPAT/ GAMSAT to study a medical degree?
For International students looking to Poland points and grades are not necessary. Medical Poland is only looking that you have studied two out of the three sciences at Leaving Cert/ A level (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). It is not required that you sit a HPAT/GAMSAT exam (except 4 year MD programme). For most programmes entry test or interview determines candidate’s suitability.

Are there any other entry requirements?
Yes, the candidate must submit a personal statement and be willing to go for an interview with the University. In some cases an entry exam may apply.

Where do I do the interview?
You can have the interview in Dublin, Ireland or you can do they interview via Skype. You can also travel to Poland for the interview and see the University which we highly recommend as this is an opportunity to learn about the place, city, ambience that you will spend a few years in. From our experience, students who visit the University before the course starts, are impressed by the facilities and feel more comfortable and confident in Poland.

In the documents it states that I need my A Level/ Leaving Cert Results with an Apostille, What is this and where do I get one?
An Apostille is official stamp given by a state body confirming that the document presented to them is genuine and correct, this can be obtained at these addresses:

Consular Services SectionDepartment of Foreign Affairs and TradeHainault House69 - 71 St Stephen's GreenDublin 2
Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The Legalisation Office, Norfolk House West; 437 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2AH.

Are the qualifications recognised in the EU?
Example: Dublin City Council grant section provides grants for students going to study in Poland. The applications undergo stage verification. First stage is an income test i.e. how much you and your parents earn. If your parents earn e.g. under 32 000 EUR per year, you qualify for full maintenance grant (status in 2013). Once you are means tested, second stage is looking at what university you will be studying. The Polish universities we came across are recognised.

6-year medical degree is fully recognised in Ireland as long as you fulfil Medical Council’s requirements needed to work in HSE. Exam

Doctors from Ireland with an Irish passport is 1st round (if there are 100 places given to doctors in HSE per year, approx. 85-95% are given to Irish and EU citizens, the rest is for people from outside EU). i.e. EU citizens with EU degree are included in round A.

After uni in IE you do 1 y internship (2 parts: first months youre called Junior Doctor; when your going into 2nd half of internship, youre called SHO - Senior House Doctor).
put Dr. in front of your name, in PL you put lek. i.e. lekarz; in Poland dr is used only for PhD holders and not in medical profession although every lekarz is commonly called “doctor”.
physician - mostly are GPs (and they are Doctors as well).

To become a GP: 6y studies, MC registration, 1y internship, 6y GP programme -> GP

IETT (Internship and Employment … by HSE exam needs to be sat
(its like USMLE stage 2 exam; practical)
(for any foreign (excluding UK) universities)

First registration in Medical Council (getting title Dr.) then internship, you can also do stand alone jobs.
In PL - - after LEK

Mature students who want to change career path - a few places in IE. By doing the lekarz exam in PL you can save 1 year of internship.

Centrum Egzaminow Medycznych w Łodzi (LEK, LEP in English). LEK allows to skip 1 year.

How to apply for summer internship?

1. Oct. Fill in a simple application from HSE choose ppl who studied in EU.
2. Feb. Test: 2 part (computes based test; OSKIES exam i.e. scenario based exam)
3. HSE offers a place; one makes 4 choices -> back to HSE ->
4. HSE assigns one to e.g. Dublin anesthesia
5 May: go to Medical Council and register, obtain number.
You start an internship in June/July.

Can the student do an internship in their own country during the medical programme? And how to arrange that.
Just apply :) the earlier the better as high demand as many ppl want to practice in English!

What it USMLE? Where can it be done during the summer holidays?
The United States Medical Licencing Examination can be done in Dublin, UK, US, and Barcelona during the summer holidays.

Student loan?
Does the course award the MD tilttle uppon complicion ? IE UK
LEK recognition ? ( advantages )
Foreign students can do it in English!
How to apply for specialization in IE, UK and Poland?
UK: Internship period (IE - 1y; UK - 2y)

17. How to save 3 years in medical education?

18. How the graduates from polish medical universities are perceived?


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Where is Bydgoszcz?
Bydgoszcz is located in the North West part of Poland in the region of Kuyavian-Pomeranian and sits on the Brda and Vistula rivers

What is the population of Bydgoszcz?
As of June 2014 there were just over 350,000 inhabitants in Bydgoszcz with 470,000 people overall living in the surrounding area.

How easy is it to get to Bydgoszcz?
Bydgoszcz has direct flights to Dublin, Birmingham, Glasgow and London up to three time a week. Bydgoszcz airport is located only 10 minutes’ drive from the city.

How old is the University?
The University was founded directly after the war in 1945, and is celebrating its 70th year in 2015. Collegium Medicum was funded…. How many graduates?

How many international students are doing courses at the University?
There are just under 300 international students at the University at the end of 2015.

How long has it been running the international program?
The University has been running the international program 6 years with its first MD graduates in 2015.

What is like study in Bydgoszcz?
From my conversations with the university's officials and staff about a month ago and students (ranging from 1st to 5th year) I can say that Collegium Medicum having approx. 150 students in English Division studying medicine in English is an accommodating institution. Its staff make every effort to allow students put maximum energy into the learning process and are very helpful with every day matters too.

Is the preparatory course at Collegium Medicum mandatory ?
In your first year Yes, the University wants everybody to start in October on the same level, so all students are required to do Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Polish classes. The course is designed to….

What are the fees?
The fees are roughly € 10,000 per year, but this can be paid in two semesters, the fees can also compared against the low cost of rent and living cost in Bdygoszcz.

Do you need to know Polish, to attend classes?
No, 100% of classes are conducted through English but there will be some Polish classes for you to pick up the basics.
When and approx. how many hours?

How will I communicate with patients during clinical classes?
Each student will be assign a doctor who speaks good English, each doctor is only assigned 5 students. Students will also have a basic level of Polish in third year. English as language is increasing as a second language across Poland.
At the later stage it is possible to assign Eng. Speaking patients to Eng. Students…. Many patients speak Eng., Polish students facilitete… etc.


Where is Poznan?
Poznan is in the west t-central Poland, in the region called Wielkopolska.and sits on the Warta river.

What is the population of Poznan?
As of 2012 there were just over 552,393 inhabitants in Poznan and in the surrounding area overall 1.1million people

How easy is it to get to Poznan?
Poznan has direct flight from Dublin, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool and London.

How old is the University?
The University was founded in 1919, so in 2019 it will celebrate its 100th Birthday day.

How many international students are doing courses at the University?
There are over 1000 international students at the University at this moment studying subject across all medical field

How long has it been running the international program?
The University has been running the international program 22 years and was the first university to international students the opportunity to student in Poland.




Medical Poland are delighted to invite you to our very anticipated Medical Poland Open Seminar to present in India an opportunity to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy in English in the heart of Europe.



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